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Statement on the passing of Professor Calestous Juma

Statement from Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA):

“The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) would like to extend its condolences to the family and friends of Professor Calestous Juma, following his passing on Friday, 15 December.

Born in Kenya, Professor Juma was a leading voice and thought-leader on sustainable approaches to international development.

During his long and distinguished career, Calestous authored numerous publications on science, technology, and the environment, and had a profound influence on global conservation programs.

His academic work on innovation in African public health has helped shape and inspire the malaria community’s mission to find new solutions to age-old problems.

We have lost an advocate, a thought-leader, a mentor and a friend”.


About ALMA
Founded in 2009, ALMA is a ground breaking coalition of African Heads of State and Government working across country and regional borders to achieve a malaria-free Africa by 2030. All African Union member countries are members of ALMA. The ALMA Scorecard for Accountability & Action and the ALMA 2030 Scorecard towards Malaria Elimination are important tools which track progress and drive action.

The ALMA Awards for Excellence celebrate exemplary leadership in malaria control and elimination efforts. The Awards are chosen by an independent selection committee comprised of leaders and experts in the areas of health, academia and the private sector using data from the World Malaria Report.

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